Why is it Easier to Train Pets Than People?
It’s a startling statistic for L&D professionals: approximately 85% of training graduates do something other than what they learned during training. There are a variety of reasons for this, including:
- On-the-job environment
- The direction of their supervisor
- Influence of peers
- Availability of resources
- Time pressures, basic human nature to do what is most convenient at a given time.
Why does it seem so much easier to train our pets? The reason is simple: we do not expect one training event to change their behavior. We continually monitor them, and provide praise and treats when they do the right things. We offer small disincentives when they deviate from the correct behavior.
With all due respect to both people and pets, we offer this article that outlines a practical approach to training that is effective for anyone.
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